two full lines of calligraphy plus third shorter line in sharp, cursive text

Threads of Gold, mid 19th century

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Kōno Tettō studied Chinese poetry under the prominent poet Yanagawa Seigan (1782–1858). Later, Tettō opened a school and published two volumes of his work, before dying at forty-three years of age. His verse celebrating nature, appearing on this scroll, remains well-known today. Tettō’s forceful style of writing, characterized by angular thrusts, thick, blunt-tipped horizontal strokes, and thin vertical strokes, recalls that of his teacher, and seems somewhat at odds with this lyrical poem.

山猿雪猶寒 春風来 / 水国 浴促待柳條 一 / 一黄金幺
In the distant mountains the snow is still cold; / The spring wind arrives from the lake country. / It bathes and stimulates the pines and willows, / To create, one by one, threads of gold.
(Trans. Stephen Addiss)

Details
Title
Threads of Gold
Artist Life
1825 - 1867
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.29.1032
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two full lines of calligraphy plus third shorter line in sharp, cursive text